The History of Extreme STEAM Science Kids
Extreme STEAM Science Kids was created in 2011 by Bob Budah, the owner of Park Shore Country Day Camp and School. It was his strong belief that children need to be engaged with hands-on, stimulating and exciting science activities in order to acquire the 21st-century skills needed to help navigate the world in which they will live. By learning how to tackle a problem, create a hypothesis, work on a solution, applying a set of skills, testing and retesting, children immerse themselves in a world filled with exciting challenges and life long lessons. This process includes collaborative teamwork, critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability. With the world moving faster every day and changes taking place right in front of us, it is imperative that children acquire these skills at an early age.
Bob has created a science laboratory for his summer program complete with a cave filled with 180-gallon fish tanks, marine touch tank and reptiles, and robotics, engineering and science labs. The entire three-story facility is state-of-the-art in order to give the children who attend a realistic experience. In addition, he built a Hydroponics Grow Lab where boys and girls learn how to grow food using water and nutrients and no soil. Each class is taught by experienced instructors with a strong background in their specific scientific field.
The Extreme STEAM Science Kids Robotics Program
The Future of Robotics Programs at Recreational Facilities
The Extreme STEAM Science Kids Robotics Program is now being offered to camp facilities and has grown in popularity and is now at several other locations in addition to Park Shore. Bob has created exciting experiences for all the schools that visit the Pigeon Key Foundation in the Florida Keys in addition to several school districts, Gold Coast Performing Arts Center, New Tampa YMCA, private schools, and after-school programs.
Bob’s background as a marine biology undergraduate, elementary teacher, Disney graduate and owner/director of The Park Shore Country Day Camp, School and Science Academy for over 40 years has enhanced his ability to create and develop exciting and stimulating programs for children. The Extreme STEAM Robotics Program takes children into the world of robotics. They will learn the different uses of robots, how they work, how they interact with their environment and how to create a program to make it accomplish a task. The innovation and design process is part of what the campers will learn. Children automatically gravitate towards this program and become extremely excited and open to learning new skills. The 21st Century Skills so necessary for their future success are enhanced as they strengthen their critical thinking, collaborative teamwork, creativity, and adaptability skill set.
The Extreme STEAM Robotics Program comes complete with all the Curriculum and Activities, Scheduling, Program Options & Implementation, Marketing Outreach Recommendations, and Professional Development Videos and written instructions to train your staff and run a very engaging and exciting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program.
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Extreme STEAM Science Kids is the proud sponsor of The Pigeon Key Foundation, The Turtle Hospital, and The Dolphin Research Center in Marathon Key, Florida.
Founder of Extreme STEAM Science Kids
Bob grew up at Park Shore as a camper then went on to work at the camp experiencing all jobs from maintenance to head lifeguard and then Director. Bob then went to the University of Miami to study Marine Biology but realized that his true love was Park Shore. He received his degree in Education from C.W. Post University and taught 3rd and 4th grade in the Half Hollow Hills School District. After many years of teaching and working summers at the camp, he became a full-time director and focused all his energy on creating new programs and facilities at Park Shore. Bob was the first camp owner to train at Walt Disney World. That experience enabled him to create Disney Dynamics in camping and many of those innovations are still being used today at Park Shore. His quest for keeping Park Shore on the cutting edge inspired him to start the only Extreme STEAM Science Kids Camp. Bob never rests on his past performances and he is always looking for something new and exciting to energize all the children at Park Shore. His newest creation is this website where education and recreation facilities can easily incorporate STEAM into their existing programs.
Working with STEAM educators has enabled him to create exciting relationships with leading instructors in the field of educational technology. He presently is working with Mike Uretsky who helped create the Entrepreneurial Center at NYU and was a professor of advanced technology for over 45 years. In addition, Bob works with Anurag Purwar who is a professor of mechanical engineering at Stonybrook University and is the inventor of the Snappy XO Robotics kit which is part of the Extreme Steam Science program.
Inventor of SnappyXO
Dr. Anurag Purwar is an award-winning teacher, researcher, TEDx speaker, and inventor of several technologies, some of which are available as products in the market. He has received several best paper and outstanding research awards, excellence in teaching awards, and the top 100 design awards for his inventions. He received the SUNY FACT2 award, two SUNY Research Foundation Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) awards, A.T. Yang award for Theoretical Kinematics, and Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Purwar has led more than 125 technical projects in mechanisms and robotics, wave-, and wind-energy harvesting, physical therapy and rehabilitation devices, aircraft components, and consumer products design, with a cumulative in-cash funding of $4.4M supported by National Science Foundation, industry, NY-state SPIR, NY-state Center for Biotechnology, Sensor-CAT, SUNY Research Foundation, and SUNY Office of Provost. More than 175 students have been supported on these projects.
Dr. Purwar is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University. He is currently an Associate Editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME) Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering and of International Journal of Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines and has served as the Conference and Program chair for several ASME international conferences. He is an elected member of the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Committee and of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) by Stony Brook University Chapter.
Prior to retirement, Prof. Mike Uretsky was Co-Director of the New York University Center for Advanced Technology and Professor of Information Systems and Technology at New York University’s Stern School of Business (a department that he founded, chaired and led to the point where it was and still is one of the top-rated programs in the country). He has a long entrepreneurial career with extensive accomplishments in both the academic and public service areas.
Under his leadership, the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) identified promising university technologies, refined them and then developed technology transfer programs for bringing them to industry and the public sector.
Dr. Uretsky specializes in computer-based training and evaluating the impact of technologies. He ran projects in Hungary, Poland, Rumania, and Russia. He was Co-Chair of the World Wide Web Conference, he Co-Chaired NSF studies on simulation methodologies and comparing US and USSR technology negotiation practices, and along with Margaret Mead and Barry Commoner, he served on the Board of Directors of the Scientist’s Institute for Public Information.
Dr. Uretsky has a long-standing interest in medical education and delivery services. Under his directorship, the CAT developed visualization technologies for use at NYU School of Medicine. He served on the Educational Technology Committee of the NYU School of Medicine. He and his colleagues developed health education modules that are in use at Montefiore Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Health Fund.
Major corporations have called upon him for strategic planning assistance. He was part of the effort leading to IBM’s movement into the personal computer and laser disk markets. He has worked with the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium (comprised of senior executives from leading technology corporations and universities) to address problems of international productivity and competitiveness. At the request of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, he evaluated FBI use of criminal identification and record systems for the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Judiciary Committee. At the request of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, he evaluated the impact of technology embargos on the operations of U.S. companies.
He served on a Task Force established by the National Petroleum Council, at the request of Secretary of Energy Chu, taking primary responsibility for overseeing the work dealing with technology development efforts. This task force developed policy recommendations that – subject to the need to address national security, economic development, and environmental goals – take the country to 2035.
Dr. Uretsky’s activities balance academic, business and cultural needs. He has consulted with major companies and organizations evaluating new technologies, developing market plans, justifying market entry, and producing market support programs. He is currently developing and implementing STEAM Programs for use in K-12 schools. He has served on the board of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. He is Past President of the New York Fulbright Alumni Association. He is on the International Advisory Board of Battery Dance, an organization focusing on the use of cultural exchanges to address the issues of conflict areas.